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Amy Beth Bennett / Sun Sentinel

Two high-level Broward school district administrators received raises Wednesday, despite the objections from the teachers union and three School Board members who considered it tone-deaf.

Maurice Woods, chief strategy and operations officer, received a $6,000 raise Wednesday, bringing his salary up to $202,850. Valerie Wanza, chief of school performance and accountability, received a $5,500 raise, boosting her pay to $191,232.

The percentage of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods in Florida has decreased 8 percent since the Great Recession, according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Progress in closing the yawning chasm between the earnings of men and women appears to have stalled in Miami-Dade in the past couple of years, even as economic conditions for women improved marginally.

Those findings come from a new report commissioned by the county government and conducted by Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center. The study, based on U.S. Census Bureau data, found persistent and large gaps in the earnings of men and women across virtually all occupations in the county, from office and retail workers to engineers and lawyers.

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It’s not by much, but some Floridians will soon see increases in their paychecks, thanks to a hike in the minimum wage that goes into effect on Jan. 1st.

The minimum wage for workers in the state has gone up to $8.46 an hour from $8.25 an hour, or a bump of 2.5%. Every year, the state’s minimum wage gets readjusted in a way that is tied to the rate of inflation, due to a 2004 ballot amendment that voters passed.

SAM TURKEN / WLRN

In a unanimous vote at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting on Tuesday, concession workers at Miami International Airport were included in the county’s living wage ordinance. While $4.98  may not seem like a lot, it’s a chunk of change Miami International Airport concession workers have been fighting to earn for years.

Wendi Walsh, the secretary and treasurer of Unite Here Local 355, is a member of the union that’s been leading the fight. “They’re not gonna get rich, but they’re gonna be able to put food on the table for their kids, so we’re thrilled,” says Walsh.

As midnight strikes on New Year's Eve, many minimum wage workers will have an extra reason to celebrate: They'll be getting a raise.

In 18 states and 20 localities, lawmakers are forcing up the minimum wage on Jan. 1.

For years, a large number of state and local governments have been driving up wages in response to federal inaction. Congress has kept the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

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Raphael Bostic is not a familiar name.

That is unless you work deep inside the financial industry or operate inside academic circles researching the economy. Bostic is the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His territory includes South Florida.

He says he worries a lot about economic mobility. He thinks all business owners should be concerned about paying their employees enough to afford a decent quality of life, and he's comfortable with the Fed's approach to slowly raise interest rates.

Did Gov. Rick Scott really brag about the state's low wages during business trips? And is there a critical shortage of nurses in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.


Americans have been waiting for a solid pay raise for years. Maybe there's good news awaiting them as the country employs more people.

The U.S. economic recovery has gone on for eight long years, and the unemployment rate is at a low 4.4 percent. But wage gains have barely budged.

That's got economists scratching their heads.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Tom Hudson

Through all the tawdry talk, accusations and innuendo during this election American voters have been consistent in saying the economy is their big issue.

 

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, which includes South Florida in its territory, quizzed 200 companies throughout the region. One out of three of them said the election was having an effect on their business decisions such as investing in their companies or hiring new workers.

 

Sunset Place Cleaners Light Candles In Hopes Of Jobs

Dec 21, 2015
Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Outside the Shops at Sunset Place, roughly 20 people gathered Monday night. They held candles – real and battery-powered – and quietly sang.

The song was not in the spirit of holiday celebration, but of labor struggle: “We Shall Overcome.”

In October, new owners acquired Sunset Place and changed the company hired for cleaning services. The new company chose not to hire the existing workers at the outdoor mall, effectively terminating them.

Airport Workers Here And Across The Country Strike

Nov 19, 2015
Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Workers at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Miami international airports joined with others across the country to fight for better working conditions Thursday. Workers at JFK and LaGuardia airports in New York, Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hare and others joined in on the strike.

Most were pushing for higher wages, but the workers in South Florida wanted to send a message that the fight continues even after getting better pay.

Miami Workers Come Out For Higher Wages On National Day Of Action

Nov 11, 2015
Alyssa Méndez Batista

Hundreds of workers, union members and supporters gathered on Tuesday night in downtown Miami to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

 

The rally was part of the National Day of Action, a nationwide event during which different industry workers marched in protest for higher wages.

 

Airport Workers Closer To Living Wage

Sep 17, 2015
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Many of the lowest paid workers at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport have moved one step closer to what’s considered a “living wage” in Broward County.

For the past several years,  workers like baggage handlers, skycaps and wheelchair assistants at the airport have been fighting to be covered by the Broward County living wage ordinance,  which would bring minimum wages to $11.68 for workers with health benefits and $13.20 for workers without.

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